JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 The clock ran out on town councilmembers and county commissioners before they had a chance to weigh in on a proposed workforce housing development slated for Hog Island.\r\n\r\nThe development (Munger Mountain Residential) was first brought forward by Larry Huhn (with Y2 Consultants) last November when the longtime local expressed a desire to build a 100% workforce housing project on the 84-acre Robertson property adjacent to Munger Mountain Elementary School (MMES) off S. Highway 89.\r\n\r\nIn order to get the density he\u2019s looking for, Huhn is seeking an amendment to the 2012 Comp Plan to allow for a special subarea called 7.3 to be inserted into Subarea 7.2 (Hog Island Home Business).\r\n\r\nThis part of Hog Island currently has about 50 residential units located in two developments. The average lot size there is 1.9 acres. The area is buffered by 120 acres of agricultural land and the Munger Mountain hillside. The proposed subarea also includes WYDOT and Weed & Pest facilities as well as Munger Mountain Elementary School (MMES), which opened in September.\r\n\r\nStaff would be in agreement, stating, "The current vision for Hog Island is clear\u2014single family residences with industrial home businesses that are\u00a0denser than surrounding rural subareas, but less dense than other residential complete neighborhood subareas."\r\n\r\nFor and against\r\n\r\nProponents of the development cite first and foremost the need for affordable housing options in the valley. With the joint affordable housing department currently focused on providing rental inventory\u2014some 422 units are in the one-year pipeline\u2014Munger Mountain Residential (MMR) could provide some 125 to 200 ownership units.\r\n\r\nBackers of the development also argue the infrastructure is there and ready to support growth.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFormer county commissioner Hank Phibbs told electeds in an email: \u201cThe Hog Island property adjacent to the new Munger Mountain School is going to be developed. The extension of the sewer line to the new school has made that a certainty.\u201d\r\n\r\nY2\u2019s Scott Pierson made note of beefed up infrastructure as well, pointing out the extension of the town\/county sewer system to link up with MMES, as well as the widening of US89 to four lanes.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis area has changed. It\u2019s changed a lot,\u201d Pierson argued at Monday\u2019s JIM, pointing out the 2012 Comp Plan reflects outdated community values.\r\n\r\nBut has it changed enough? Not according to town\/county staff who are recommending denial of the Comp Plan amendment.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cHave existing conditions changed enough? Staff would say no,\u201d Tyler Sinclair told councilmembers and commissioners. \u201cAnd is Hog Island the right place for affordable housing? Not at this time.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe county planning commission also recommended denial of the Comp Plan amendment sought by the applicant on a 1-3 vote.\r\n\r\nPublic comment has been overwhelmingly in favor of workforce housing in Hog Island, unless you live there. Phil Wilson lives smack in the middle of the controversy.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe like our agricultural and rural character. The neighbors don\u2019t want this. We moved out into the country [for a reason]. We don\u2019t want the city to come to us,\u201d Wilson said.\r\n\r\nBut business owners and employers especially have been handicapped by a shortage of employees due to housing issues. Several have voiced their support, including Jeff Rice (Jackson Whole Grocer) and Wes Gardner (Teton Toys).\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s next?\r\n\r\nWhether or not town and county officials elect to override staff and volunteer board recommendations will have to wait. Monday\u2019s JIM ran up against time constraints so any decision has now been delayed until the next scheduled joint meeting on May 6. A special JIM might be scheduled before that.